Henri Bourgeois - La Porte De L'Abbaye Pouilly-Fume2018
Domaine Henri Bourgeois
100% Sauvignon Blanc
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For ten generations now the Bourgeois family has devoted its passion and values to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, becoming Sancerre’s most well-known producer. The company is now led by the current generation of the family – Jean-Marie and Remi Bourgeois. The winery and family base is the village of Chavignol, and Domaine holdings can be found on a mosaic of plots throughout Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Each plot is isolated and worked in respect of its origin to reveal, in the most precise and true way, the expression of its terroir, whether we are talking Kimmeridgian marls, flint, or limestone clay soils. We see this expressed in a dizzying array of bottlings, many of which are amongst the most sought after of their kind in the Loire each year.
This wine is a marvelous match with shellfish, fish, white meats and goat cheese. For example, turbot with spinach and feta cheese or goat cheese with toasted sesame seeds.
This wine is concentrated and very fruity while also being stylish and elegant. It displays its elegance, fruitiness, white fruits, light citrus and is very persistent on the palate. Utterly clean, crisp, minerally and thirst-quenching, this is a perfect example of classic Pouilly-Fume. Made of 100% Sauvignon Blanc, Pouilly-Fume is the direct neighbor of Sancerre, typically with more clay in the soil but the same climate and riverside influences.
After a gentle pressing and 24 hour settling of the juice, the wine ferments in thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks at 15-18 C. These long fermentations give more intense and delicate aromas. The wine then needs five months of maturation on its fine lees at cool temperature before bottling.
This Pouilly-Fume comes from the chalky-clay hills of Saint-Andelain, peak of the appellation where grape growing dates back to the Roman era. Its terroir is made of hard calcareous rock which gives Pouilly-Fume its minerality, finesse and fresh and lively character.